Ranch-Flavored Broccoli Cheddar Bites

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brocooli cheddar bites

Disclosure: This is post is sponsored by Naturally Fresh® dressing – in exchange for this post, I received a form of compensation.  However, all opinions, ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites recipes, and bad puns are 100% my own.

Rumor has it, with football season winding down, there’s going to be some sort of BIG sendoff for that final game. Something super, I’m told. 😉

Last year, I shared with you my game day better-for-you baked ranch quesadillas – which are still one of my favorite quick meal ideas to whip up, particularly for my picky tots.  So this year, when the folks at Naturally Fresh® asked to team up for another game day creation, I wanted to try to kick up the healthy factor a little more.  Initially, I set out to create a ranch-flavored broccoli cheese quinoa creation, but it didn’t turn out as I expected.  So back to the drawing board.

I knew I wanted something with veggies, so a broccoli cheese appetizer sounded like a good idea.  Thankfully, these easy broccoli cheese bites sort of created themself.  So eventually, I created ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites!

But first I had to tweek it and make it my own, which involved a few trials and errors.  I blame it on making a Facebook declaration of my intentions.  I digress.  The final product turned out great, and was actually super quick and easy to make.  Oh, and quite tasty!

But best of all, I was able to make something delicious, and feel good about what’s in it.  The key ingredient?  Naturally Fresh® Ranch dressing.  You see, what makes Naturally Fresh stand out from other store-bought ranch dressings is there are no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives – so I feel good about giving it to my family, AND you can really taste the difference!

Ranch-flavored Broccoli Cheddar Bites

  • 2 1/4 c biscuit/pancake mix (like Bisquick)
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 1/3 c + ~2 tbs Naturally Fresh® ranch dressing
  • 1 1/4 c broccoli florets*, very finely diced
  • 3/4 c finely diced onion
  • 1/2 c + 1/4 c melted butter
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt & pepper, to taste (I used about 4 shakes of pepper, and 3 shakes of salt.)
  • 1 1/2 c + ~1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425º.  Mix the biscuit mix, milk, 1/3 c ranch, 1/4 c melted butter, garlic powder, and salt and pepper until it becomes dough-like.  Fold in broccoli, onion, and cheddar.  Scoop in to mini muffin pans, about 1/3 to 1/2 filled.  Sprinkle cheese on top.  Bake for 12-15 min. While baking, melt additional butter and ranch, brush on top immediately when they come out of the oven.  Oooh, ahh, and enjoy!

* I used a bag of frozen broccoli florets, and just set them out for a few hours to thaw, without the fear of over-cooking them.  Fresh broc would work just as well.  Also, I diced mine up using the Vitamix because …well, y’all know I love my thrifted Vitamix!

ranch-flavored broccoli cheddar bites

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Comments

  1. Leigh Anne Miller Borders says:

    Naturally Fresh is one of our favorite dressings to pick up esp the ranch. We use it on LOTS of things in our home.

    • As do we – and I found (another) new way to use ranch this evening. …unfortunately, it’s another “how not to cook” recipe, so I’ll have to tweak it first. …story of my life!

  2. Amie E says:

    OMG these look sooo yummy! I’m a sucker for anything with cheese and well who doesn’t love ranch dressing? We love Naturally Fresh!

  3. ooo these look good. I might have to run out for some cheese and try these with gluten-free pancake mix. Thanks for sharing the recipe and hosting the giveaway!

  4. I know my kiddos would love these! I’m lucky enough that they actually love broccoli and to add it to cheese and make it bite-size is perfect. A little added ranch flavor would be a huge hit at my house!

  5. I’m a regular ranch girl. I use this brand in my hot wing dip!

  6. Broccoli with cheese is my favorite way to have this veggie. Throw in ranch dressing, & I’m not stopping until every bite is gone!

  7. The recipe looks delicious. I would love to make it for my family and I’d most definitely pick the Ranch because my hubby loves it.

  8. This recipe looks yummy! My kids are actually broccoli eaters so this would go over well!

  9. Christa Bengtsson says:

    This sounds yummy. My kids would enjoy cooking this with me 🙂

  10. Stephanie Constantin says:

    Yummy !!

  11. Looks delish!!

  12. Cindi says:

    This recipe looks so good! I will definitely be trying it with my in home daycare kiddos. But in all reality, I cannot imagine not liking anything with Naturally Fresh Ranch Dressing in or on it!

  13. Lori Brown says:

    Ginger!! I’m addicted to it. I dip just about everything in it- cheese, pepperoni, etc. Add a little Sriracha sauce to it and it’s out of this world!

  14. These look amazing!! Need to make it. Thank you for sharing the recipe = )

  15. Candy Cook says:

    Looks delicious! I’m gonna make these with my son

  16. These look so delicious. Can’t wait to try them.

  17. Cindy Simmons Carnell says:

    i want to eat these RIGHT NOW!!!!

    • Come on over – I’ve got a few left in the fridge. …though, admittedly, they are MUCH better fresh out of the oven. 🙂

  18. Looks yummy! We love broccoli around here!

  19. Mmm
    Raaaaanch and cheese (in my Homer Simpson voice).

  20. We love broccoli, so this recipe would be a hit at our house!! They look delicious!

  21. This looks delicious and I know my kids will love this. Broccoli & cheese yum yum! We love using Naturally Fresh as our #1 choice of dressings!

  22. Noelle d says:

    Those sound so good!!!! Might have to try this soon, thanks for the easy looking recipe.

  23. Heather Henry says:

    I’ve never tried this dressing, but I’d love to!!

  24. Karen G says:

    Nota huge fan of broccoli, but I can always skip that ingredient and just make the rest…love RANCH!

  25. Felicia Walton says:

    Yummy!

  26. In our house anything with ranch is a winner! Your recipe looks like a great way to encourage kiddos to eat their veggies. PS… I love my VitaMix too!

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